Filing and forwarding of applications
- An application for a registered Community design shall
be filed, at the option of the applicant:
(a) at the Office; or
(b) at the central industrial property office of a Member State;
(c) in the Benelux countries, at the Benelux Design Office.
- Where the application is filed at the central industrial
property office of a Member State or at the Benelux Design
Office, that office shall take all steps to forward the application
to the Office within two weeks after filing. It may charge the
applicant a fee which shall not exceed the administrative costs
of receiving and forwarding the application.
- As soon as the Office has received an application which
has been forwarded by a central industrial property office of a
Member State or by the Benelux Design Office, it shall inform
the applicant accordingly, indicating the date of its receipt at
- No less than 10 years after the entry into force of this
Regulation, the Commission shall draw up a report on the
operation of the system of filing applications for registered
Community designs, accompanied by any proposals for revi
sion that it may deem appropriate.